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in 2011 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,882 - $33,648
Original MSRP: $36,205 - $52,305
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Ford Expedition Interior

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The Ford Expedition has an interior that's remarkable for its ample space and cargo versatility. While the Expedition has a long list of optional features available, some reviewers wish more of the tech goodies, like Ford’s SYNC system, were standard on the base model. Plus, reviewers complain about cheap plastics an overwhelming number of buttons on the dash.

  • "A large part of the 2011 Ford Expedition's appeal has to do with its passenger cabin, which can be fitted with a variety of seating options to comfortably accommodate five, seven or eight passengers."--Edmunds

 

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Seating

The 2011 Ford Expedition can seat up to eight. While its bucket seats are a hit with reviewers, its second and third row bench seats get some less-than-glowing reviews. Complaints about the third row are typical for the class, and in that regard, the Expedition fares better than most.

  • "Soft cushioning but are supportive enough for extended highway driving . . . Nice job, Ford." -- Cars.com
  • "3rd-row accommodations are among the best of any SUV, with adult-sized headroom and legroom on a chair-height bench, though three-adult seating is best reserved for short trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We . . .stuffed a 6'7" goose in the back. He didn't mind, saying he'd even tolerate riding back there for shorter trips." -- Car and Driver
  • The third row has enough space to "to actually keep knees at the seat bottom level rather than forcing a fetal position with knees closer to the chest." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Opinions vary on the quality of the interior materials for the base model Expedition. Ford's SYNC infotainment system is available and is a reviewer favorite. While it isn’t standard on the base model, it only costs $375 extra – so it might be worth the splurge. Despite the availability of features, some reviewers complain that buyers need to opt for the more expensive trims to get all the goodies.

  • "Of all the Expedition's available bells and whistles, the voice-operated Sync system -- which, among other services, allows you to control your cell phone and MP3 player without removing your hands from the steering wheel -- is a standout."--Edmunds
  • "The dashboard design is otherwise similar [to the Lincoln Navigator], with most controls logically placed, though the switchgear lacks a precision feel. The navigation system absorbs most audio functions, awkwardly combining push-button and touchscreen operation, and its screen washes out in even moderate sunlight."--Consumer Guide
  • "Rich look and feel," -- The Family Car

Cargo

When it comes to carrying cargo, the Expedition really shines, beating out competitors for space and convenience. Not only is there a grand total of 131 cubic feet of space, but with the Expedition’s folding third-row seats, that space is easy to access.

  • "Also notable is how easy it is to stow and raise the third-row seats. In competitors like the Chevy Tahoe, this operation is downright back-breaking."-- Edmunds
  • The Expedition "will gulp 131 cubic feet of hockey gear, Home Depot scores, double cheeseburgers, or whatever trappings of the suburban life are crammed in." -- Car and Driver

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